Program Content and Schedule

The program content focuses on two main aspects:  

  • soft skills (analytical and critical thinking, communication skills, flexibility and adaptability, innovation and creativity);
  • policy-making skills. 

The combination of these two skill-sets is likely to significantly improve the policy-making and the strategic-planning skills of each participant. While providing a theoretical foundation, all modules are practically oriented assuring a hands-on experience. The program will be taught in English and Bulgarian with some modules in Bulgarian and others entirely in English.

Module 1: Strategy and Strategic Planning

May 17-18, 2019

This module has two goals: 1) to develop an understanding of the relationships between strategy, planning and execution, and 2) to examine the Bulgarian National Strategic Framework. The module helps develop a strategic mindset, improve analytical skills, and employ specific planning instruments. It further reviews the various strategic documents within the National Strategic Framework and the way they fit within the overall strategic framework.

Instructors: AUBG – Arthur Pantelides, IPA – Pavel Ivanov

Module 2: Policy Analysis and the Policy Process

May 31-June 1, 2019

This module examines the stages of the policy process and provides an analytical framework for examining public policy and policy-making. The goal of the module is to provide a general overview of all the stages of the policy process, keeping in mind that a more detailed examination of various aspect of the policy process will be examined in other modules. The module further reviews specific indicators related to output and outcome.

Instructors: SU – Simeon Petrov and Denitsa Hinkova

Module 3: Design Thinking and Innovation

June 28-29, 2019

This module employs design thinking as a human-centered innovation methodology that helps navigate in an increasingly fast changing and competitive environment, identify new opportunities, and optimize the use of resources.

Instructor: AUBG – Treehouse Innovation

Module 4: Structuring Data: Data Analysis and Text Analytics

July 12-13, 2019

This module covers the basics of data collection and organization, including both numerical and text data. It focuses on turning raw data into useful data that can inform specific strategic choices and policies. The module further focuses on evaluating the authenticity and reliability of data and on data visualization and reporting. The goal of the module is to develop a general understanding for the various sources and uses of data.

Instructor: SU – Nikolai Netov

Module 5: Stakeholder Analysis and Engagement

July 26-27, 2019

This module focuses on how to identify the various stakeholders in a certain policy-area or specific issue, how to evaluate their interests and influence, as well as their interactions with other stakeholders. The module further examines ways to engage stakeholders in order to assure politically feasible and stable policies, and how to deal with stakeholders with divergent interests and agendas.

Instructors: AUBG – Emilia Zankina

Module 6: Negotiations

September 13-14, 2019

This module offers a systematic theoretical framework for approaching and managing negotiations, as well as assessment and improvement of one’s negotiation skills. The module covers different bargaining tactics and styles in a variety of negotiation scenarios.

Instructor: AUBG – Arthur Pantelides

Module 7: Implementation

September 27-28, 2019

This module examines the implementation of public policy and programs. It examines the factors affecting implementation, the various implementation instruments, and the role of key actors in the implementation process.

Instructor: SU – Tatiana Tomova

Module 8: Policy Evaluation

October 11-12, 2019

This module focuses on the impact of public policy and programs, specific evaluation criteria, and the various ways to evaluate the impact of public policies and programs both in terms of achieving program goals, as well as contributing to larger economic and social changes. The module focuses on qualitative and quantitative methods of evaluation, specific indicators, and monitoring systems.

Instructor: SU – Elena Kalfova and Kaloyan Haralampiev

Module 9: Policy Communication and Reporting

October 25-26, 2019

This module emphasizes the importance of internal and external communication in the policy process. It examines the various forms of public policy communication, including memos, one-pagers, white papers, presentations and more. The module aims to develop the ability to communicate effectively upward, downward and horizontally within the administration, as well as to communicate with various external stakeholders and the wider public.

Instructors: AUBG – Jesse Scinto, Columbia University

Module 10: Financing Strategic Goals

November 8-9, 2019

This module examines the various strategies for financing specific strategic goals, projects, and initiatives. The module focuses on sources such as financing through the national budget, EU funds, and Public-Private Partnerships (PPP). The goal of the module is to develop an understanding for the financial aspect of the policy process and awareness of the various financing options.

Instructors: AUBG or Jaspers

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